About CREC

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded to provide policy-makers from around the world with the information and technical assistance they need to formulate and execute innovative, regional, job-creating economic strategies.

Our staff members come from around the globe, bringing with them diverse backgrounds, and world-class skill sets.

CREC staff

Anika Rahman
Research Assistant


Anika Rahman is a Research Assistant at CREC. Ms. Rahman joined the CREC team in September 2021 as a Research Assistant Intern and was promoted to full time in November 2021.

During her time as a Research Assistant, Ms. Rahman’s work at CREC has been focused on workforce and economic development projects including the yearly National Credential Count by Credential Engine and the Alabama Credential Engine Report. For the yearly National Credential Count report, published November 2022, Ms. Rahman identified and managed the collection and analysis of state post-secondary credentials and analysis of national IPEDS and CareerOneStop data to conduct a national count of credentials.

She has also played an extensive role in leading and coordinating the Non-Degree Credentials Metadata Repository project, where she organized and designed an initial data repository of administrative datasets on non-degree credentials to help promote policies that strengthen the skilled technical workforce and conducted data quality assessments.

In past projects, Ms. Rahman has made major contributions to the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)’s Cost of Living Index (COLI) as well as the Economic Development Administration (EDA), where she helped develop a matrix of current states’ economic development strategies and initiatives mapped against CEDS plans.

Ms. Rahman graduated from George Mason University in 2021 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a concentration in Managerial Economics and a minor in Data Analysis. Her areas of interest include business and data analytics, economic and workforce development, and research methods and analysis.

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